Life & Style Blog
Looks at any age: 30s
10 August 2011
Having dealt with the fears, insecurities and general profanities of many friends and clients in their 30s lately, my main piece of advice would be that you are 30, not one million. You're not as old as you think you are. Your upper arms are probably better than mine. No, you're probably not going to go out dancing to terrible music until idiotic hours twice-weekly anymore, or eat fast food every other day, or drink so much cheap champagne that when you wake up the next morning you can only remember just how much by counting the bottles on the sink, but is that really such a loss? You're dressing for your body shape, not your age, remember?
Women in their 30s will have a more stable income, better class of lifestyle and know what suits them - all factors that can lead you to purge the now washed-out cheap fixes you've accumulated during your 20s, and revitalize with classic investment pieces mixed with fast fashion updates to keep it fun.
Image source: Susie Marino Jacket, $199.95 from Portmans, Paula Wedge, $139.95 from Witchery, JAYSO Jayson Brunsdon Black Label Seam Contour Skirt in Stretch Wool Suiting, $179, from Myer,
For work, quality is the key. You're wearing this stuff the most, so don't be afraid to splash out. Buy well cut, well made trousers and skirts in better fabric so they'll wash well and you'll get the mileage while looking the part. Grab a trenchcoat - everybody needs one, and lightweight or woolen, you will wear it to death. And as always, don't be afraid to make it fun - it's work, not beige-prison. Add printed scarves, shoes or statement jewellery to pack a punch.
Mollini Goldeneye pump in orange, $139.95, from Myer, Bold stripe dress, $99.95, from Portmans, Metal button ring, $19.95 from Witchery
You can still be youthful and fun, you're not the remains of Miss Havisham. If you're wearing black for most of the week, make your weekend outfits pop with colour, pattern or embellishment. For a fancy night out, go sparkling vintage style with super high heels, chunky earrings and a tux jacket you can wear to work as well.
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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Witchery